2011 TigsTown Awards: VSL Tigers

Alvarado had a very good summer

We wrap up the 2011 award season with those players that shined for the organization in the Venezuelan Summer League.

VSL Tigers Player of the Year Award

3B Jesus Ustariz

AVG

OBP

SLG

2B

HR

RBI

SB

.324

.386

.455

12

3

22

3



Though he was given a run for his money by fellow corner infielder Jose Soledad, Ustariz's consistency throughout the summer earned him the nod as the top player on the VSL roster in 2011. With a .324/.386/.455 line, Ustariz finished first on the team in average, third in on-base percentage and first in slugging. Those marks also placed him ninth, 20th, and 12th in the league, respectively. Behind those triple slash numbers Ustariz ripped twelve doubles and three home runs while driving in 22 runs. In 50 games the 18-year old Ustariz struck out only 21 times while drawing 14 walks. Playing both first base and third base Ustariz showed a good glove and was one of the team's best all-around players.


VSL Tigers Pitcher of the Year Award

RHP Carlos Alvarado


W-L

ERA

SV

SO

BB

IP

AVG

3-5

3.57

0

63

22

68.0

.266



Despite being 21-year old and easily the oldest regular player on the VSL roster, Alvarado was dominant for stretches of the 2011 season. Heading into the year the Tigers had hoped to bring the right-handed pitcher stateside for his first taste of the Gulf Coast League, but visa problems delayed that trip. When the paperwork was finally squared away, Alvarado wasn't pitching like a guy in need of a promotion and was left in the VSL. He turned it on after that development and finished the summer with a 3.57 ERA in a team leading 68 innings of work. He allowed 69 hits, walked 22 and struck out 63 batters. With an impressive performance down the stretch in the VSL, Alvarado was sent to the Dominican where he saw action in two games with the DSL Tigers, allowing nine hits in eleven innings, walking two and striking out twelve.

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